Monday, September 16, 2019

The 'Goodbye, My Love' Dress

I'm really loving the 1960s vibes lately. So decided to finish one of my longstanding UFOs (Unfinished Objects)--this 1960s shirtwaister.

I adore this dress and fabric --it's a nice medium-weight pink cotton fabric with pretty birds and flowers on it.  Oh and do you like my experimentation with 1960s poses! :)

This fabric also has special significance for me. It's one where I have photos of my wee Echo helping me out. I had to put Echo to sleep this last May. She was elderly--somewhere in the range of 18 to 21 years old and her poor little body just gave up on her. It was the right decision but incredibly hard.

She was my constant sewing companion--anytime I pulled out some fabric to cut out--she would be on it in seconds! haha.  So I'm delighted to have found these photos on my phone from all the way back to August 2012!  What a delight and also just an indication of how long I have been working on this dress. Not because it was hard, but because I kept getting sidetracked (again at the finishing/hem stage.)
Here's a close-up of the fabulous fabric!

I used Style Print 1159-- it looks to be from the early 1960s? The shirtwaist dress features a large collar and gathered skirt (actually the pattern is for a pleated skirt but I didn't have enough fabric--so I did gathers).

I wasn't sure how much I would like the big collar but actually in this print, it's great--it blends so well!

I took these indoor shots with Debbie (from Emerald Photography @_emerald_photography_) at one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants in Edinburgh, Paradise Palms. It has such a fabulous midcentury vibe.

And what is a 1960s dress without 1960's hair? I loved this classic beehive that Ariana from Vanity Thrills gave me. I actually slept in and wore this hair for four days! The magical power of hairspray. lol.

So happy to finally have finished this dress and getting to wear it before the end of summer. It goes perfectly with my pink Bait Footwear shoes as well. 

I've also decided this would be the perfect dress and location to scatter Echo's ashes--she would have loved this park and she also loved this fabric and I think she would be happy with that.

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